TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints
|6-6, 247||Born: 9-20-1988||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
Heading into the fourth quarter, Coby Fleener did not have a catch or even a target. However, Fleener played a significant role in this comeback this week as he had 91 yards in the fourth quarter as the defense seemingly left him wide open at times as they played a soft zone coverage. Fleener who has been disappointing this season led the team in snaps as a tight end for the first time since week four. This is likely a scenario in which it is difficult to imagine Fleener's role increasing due to having a big garbage time performance this week.
2017 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
After disappearing in the Saints offense for weeks, Fleener reemerged with a big 33-yard catch and caught both of his targets. He still has not been the red zone target that he was brought in to be but was able to recoup a little value in the offense this week. Fleener showed great awareness on the 33-yard play and Brees frantically went through his progressions, could not find anyone open, scrambled in the pocket, and eventually found Fleener who had brought his route back to bail out Brees. The pass was only 9 yards down the field and Fleener rumbled on for another 24 before being tackled. This play was immediately followed by another 33-yard pass to Alvin Kamara for a touchdown. It has been a rough season for Fleener since the first two games but hopefully this is the bounce back that he needs to get going.
2017 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Another game, another example in the continued decline of Coby Fleener. The big tight end was supposed to play a big role for the Saints this season but has seen his production drop from the first two weeks of the season. His lone big play today came on a 17-yard catch up the seam. Fleener has also been a non-factor in the red zone since his two garbage-time touchdowns to open the season. Fleener is not at risk of losing his roster spot unless the Saints are willing to bring someone else into the organization to replace him.
2017 Week 6 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fleener completely disappeared today in the Saints offense. He was unable to corral his only target of the game and has not been effective since week 1. Fleener has 11 receptions on the entire season and looks to be losing playing time to Michael Hoomanawanui who scored the second receiving touchdown of the game. Fleener has not topped 50 yards since week one and just does not look to be the same weapon he was last season for the Saints.
2017 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fleener's value came in that he is often forgotten about with all of the other weapons the Saints have. After scoring touchdowns the first two weeks of the season, opposing teams have keyed in on Fleener and not given him any room to run. Fleener's best play came on a 12-yard catch up the seam against the linebacker but he was unable to break free for the rest of the game. With Willie Snead coming back from suspension there may be more room for Fleener to run on the field but he is also going to see his number of targets decrease. Fleener will need to re-establish himself next week against the Lions or he may get forgotten again in the Saints offense.
2017 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Panther's defense must have decided that they were not going to let Coby Fleener beat them this week as the big tight end only managed one catch the entire game. Fleener had broken free for a touchdown in each of the season's first two games but found no room to run today. Even with multiple attempts in the red zone, Fleener did not even draw a target near the end zone. The Saints have enough weapons to spread the ball around but Fleener seemed almost non-existent on the field today. Aside from Fleener's 21-yard catch down the sideline, the only other stat line comes in the offensive pass interference call that negated a first down play.
2017 Week 2 vs NE (4 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Today's game script seemed almost identical to last week against the Vikings. Fleener was quiet for the majority of the game but was able to find some holes up the seam late in the game to help the Saints move the ball. Fleener's extra effort touchdown came when Brees put the ball a full yard short of the goal line and the big tight end reached the ball over as he was being tackled. This put the Saints within two scores, but it was too late in the game to mount a comeback. Fleener has been contained for the first few quarters of the first two games but seems to find an extra gear in the fourth quarter. If Fleener can sustain this production over the course of a whole game he will be in for a very big season.
2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Fleener had the most productive night of any Saint in the passing game as he took advantage of the soft coverage by the Vikings. Brees was able to find Fleener up the seam or settled in between the void behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Fleener accounted for the lone Saints touchdown in the fourth quarter when he went up to take a ball away from corner Trae Waynes in the end zone. Fleener is expected to play a big role in the red zone as was a safety valve for Drew Brees all night.
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